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Welcome to Third World Studies

The Third World Studies Program has three main objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the Third World and its relationships to the West.

  • To provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Third World.

  • To provide an understanding of the shifting economic and political nature of the countries designated as belonging to the “Third World,” especially in light of the dramatic political and economic changes worldwide in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Third World Studies Learning Objectives


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Student Experience

"I am 'offering a B.A. in Third World Studies...

because I studied abroad in West Africa. My reason for the Third World Studies major is that I will be entering a global health policy career. My reason for using the term 'offering' is because that's how my student peers spoke at the University of Ghana during Fall 2008!

Contact Us

Program Coordinator & Advisor
Literature Bld, 131
(858) 822-0377

Babak Rahimi (www)Director,
Third World Studies Program
Literature Bld 324
(858) 534-2147

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